Santa Rosa Press Democrat Wins Pulitzer for Fire Coverage

The North Bay newspaper’s Pulitzer – in the Breaking News category – continues an impressive run of journalism for newsrooms covered by the Pacific Media Workers Guild. The East Bay Times won a Pulitzer in 2016 for breaking news coverage of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland.

Guild website takes several firsts in writing

The International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) announced winners in its annual showcase of labor websites, newsletters and multimedia on Wednesday. This local’s website,, took several first-place writing awards.

Wanted: Local buyers for hedge fund-owned papers

An ad posted by the San Francisco-based Guild local reads: “Employees of your community’s newspaper want a new attitude respecting quality jobs & quality journalism on the part of ownership.”

Media workers stand together on World Press Freedom Day

A broad coalition of 1,500 unionized news workers will conduct a joint day of action on May 3 — World Press Freedom Day — as part of a national campaign to protest the corporate-led assault on quality journalism. The coordinated effort by NewsGuild members will span 29 newspapers owned by GateHouse Media and Digital First Media. It will support the fight for quality journalism at those papers and highlight the damage wrought by draconian cuts in their newsrooms and other departments.

Detroit Strike History: A Table Still Broken?

Guild freelancer Steve Early weighs in on The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor by Chris Rhomberg — an account of one of labor’s biggest media industry defeats in decades.